Ghana Football Association Dissolved Following Documentary Exposing Widespread Corruption

Ghana to dissolve football association over bribery allegations

Kwesi Nyantakyi was President of the Ghana Football Association in the last 13 years and was CAF Vice President up until his resignation on Friday.

Nyantakyi was pictured taking $65,000 (£48,000) from an undercover reporter, who pretended to be a businessman keen to invest in Ghanaian football.

His decision to step down follows an investigation by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who secretly filmed Mr. Nyankakyi discussing plans to set aside 25 per cent of a proposed sponsorship deal to a company he owns in a documentary called "When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm".

He also apparently tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA in what the expose said was a "clear breach" of ethics.

"In the said report I committed a series of errors of indiscretion".

Ghana's information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the "widespread nature of the apparent rot".

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"Government will soon announce provisional measures to govern football activity in the country until a new body is duly formed".

"I wish to apologise to my family, work colleagues, friends, associates and the people of Ghana for the disappointment my indiscretion has caused them". He is considered the second most powerful person in Ghanaian football.

According to Nyantakyi, he was deceived by the undercover journalists which he described as "scammers", he also apologised to President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia and the Ministers of state for associating them with the private conversations on the video. Nyantakyi also has a role within FIFA's council, who are believed to be monitoring the situation.

Mr Nyantakyi has not replied to multiple requests for comment while the GFA has said it would cooperate with any investigation.

Ghana, who have played at three previous World Cups, missed out on the this year's tournament which starts in Russian Federation on June 14.

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